Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary - 03/27/18

Every month the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees convenes a regular meeting to publicly address the business of the school district. Meetings are held at the Duncanville ISD Education Plaza (710 S. Cedar Ridge Drive). A highlight of board decisions at this month’s meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018, included: 

Director of Counseling Services Announced

Dana Harper was announced as the new Director of Counseling Services at tonight’s board meeting. Ms. Harper is one of our own, who had previously been an Early Childhood Specialist. She has experience working as a support coordinator of counseling and was a counselor at the elementary and secondary levels. Ms. Harper also spent time in the classroom as a teacher.

Ms. Harper has worked in education for 17 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University and her Master of Education Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University.

New Principal for DHS Collegiate Academy Hired

Pamela Thomas joins Duncanville ISD as our new Principal for the Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy. Ms. Thomas was most recently the Dean of Instruction for Cedar Hill Collegiate High School and Academy Middle School. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in curriculum & instruction.

Ms. Thomas will lead the Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy as we enter our second year of the program. We’ll have a sophomore class of students, as well as welcome our second cohort. Ms. Thomas has experience serving as a liaison between a collegiate high school and college to ensure students are graduating with both a high school diploma and associate’s degree.

Recognitions - Made with Pride in Duncanville

Teacher - Kathleen Franco, second grade bilingual teacher at Hyman Elementary School, was selected as the March Made with Pride in Duncanville Teacher of the Month. After noticing low PTA participation, Ms. Franco took it upon herself to mentor and support the new PTA president. She is the voice of the school at the PTA meetings and helps carry out all of the amazing activities they plan. Ms. Franco organized a pizza day, a father-daughter dance, a mother-son dance, an online fundraising campaign and was in charge of rewarding the teachers with a week of meals from the fundraiser. A dance-a-thon raised more than $7,000 for the PTA. Ms. Franco is tirelessly working for Hyman students and improve parent-teacher partnerships.

Staff - Tiffany Waites, a nurse aide at Hastings Elementary School, was selected as the March Made with Pride in Duncanville Staff of the Month. Ms. Waites goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. She builds relationships with all Hastings students and makes them feel welcomed, loved and nurtured. An administrator noted that she saw Ms. Waites walking out with a bag full of clothes and learned that she had been taking a home a student’s soiled clothes to wash them throughout the week. She has a giving spirit and truly cares about our students.

Student - Tristen Taylor, a 7th grader at Byrd Middle School, was selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Student of the Month. Tristen is a student-athlete and played on the 8th grade girls basketball A-team as a starter and co-captain. Her determination, hard work and leadership were invaluable this season. Always leading by example, Tristen is one of the hardest working athletes on and off the court. Her work ethic transfers to the classroom as she has maintained her status on the A honor roll, balancing athletics with her Pre-AP classes. Congratulations, Tristen!

Superintendent Reports

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith gave an update on current district events and information, including the announcement of four Duncanville High School juniors announced as National Hispanic Scholars Award recipients. Jacob Hernandez, Gilberto Hernandez, Melanie Hernandez and Chase Anderson attended the meeting and were recognized by Dr. Smith. The honorees scored in the top 2.5% of the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test takers nationwide, identifying them as academically exceptional. View the remainder of Dr. Smith’s presentation here.

Trustees received information about Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the bond report card and aging facilities update for more information.

Other Items

Approved February 26 minutes

Approved budget amendments

Approved financial reports

Approved certification of instructional materials allotment use

Ordered cancellation of the May 5, 2018 joint election

Approved Request for Approval (RFP) 470-180006452 voice services through e-rate discounts

Approved Request for Approval (RFP) 470-180015024 firewall through e-rate discounts

Approved Request for Approval (RFP) 17-18.002 content filter

Approved two DHS students to compete at the National Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Conference in Atlanta, GA

Approved request to Texas Education Agency (TEA) for a low attendance day waiver

Had the first reading of TASB localized policy update 110

Received information about the repurpose of the former Acton Elementary School

Received information about the 2018-19 budget

Received information about Strategic Goal #5 – Focus on Financial Stewardship